Tag Archives: Maldives

China–Maldives Defense Ties Threaten India’s Influence

Since the election of Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu in 2023, the country’s relationships in the region have shifted. The Maldives has signed defence agreements and infrastructure deals with China, which are perceived to be part of China's broader strategy to isolate India from South Asian nations.

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View from Bangladesh: Hullabaloo in the Maldives

One Bangladeshi analyst believes that political upheaval and government’s authoritarian actions in Maldives have caused rise of Islamic conservatism,  a politically influenced judiciary, militarization of the police, close collaboration with China, and increasing harassment of migrant workers.

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Maldives: Democracy on Trial

What the persecution of political rivals means for the Maldivian democracy

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Maldives Boycotts Israeli Products, Annuls Agreements

The tiny Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives has announced boycott of Israeli products and the annulment of bilateral agreements over heavy civilian casualties in Gaza Strip. Malé may consider lifting the moratorium if the Israeli government’s violation of international resolutions stop, says the country’s foreign minister..

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Maldives Democracy Comes Full Circle?

The coalition of ruling party Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has won majority in the parliamentary elections in the Maldives. The tiny Indian Ocean nation went to polls on March 22.   The Maldivian Democratic Party, whose nominee, Mohamed Nasheed, was elected President in the first multi-party elections in 2008, won only 24 seats of the People’s Majlis, the Maldives’ Parliament. …

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Maldives Democracy Kidnapped

On 7 September 2013, 88 percent of the Maldivian electorate turned out to vote in the country’s second ever democratic election. In the glorious Saturday sunshine, over 200,000 people headed to over 400 polling stations on over 200 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean to vote for one of four candidates. Hundreds of Maldivians did the same in Sri Lanka, …

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Maldives Failing to Close Gender Gap

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked the Maldives 97th out of 136 countries in the gender gap index 2013, falling two spots from the previous year. Whilst the Maldives scores highly in terms of educational equality, last week’s report shows it to be falling behind when it comes to economic and political parity between the sexes. The WEF’s Global …

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Maldives Election Fiasco: ‘Betrayal of Democracy’

  An Indian Ocean archipelago of more than 1,992 coral islands scattered across the Equator, the Maldives is known for its emerald green waters and pristine beaches. Visiting tourists usually view it as a tranquil paradise. Maldivian politics, though, have rarely been peaceful. A British protectorate until 1965, the Maldives has been under authoritarian rule for most of its post-Independence …

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Maldives Gets A Second Chance At Democracy

By securing the largest vote-share in the September 7 election, deposed President (of Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean) Mohamed Nasheed has re-established his popular credentials. But he still has to complete an uphill trek before he can move back into the Muliaage (the official residence of Maldives President). Nineteen months after their first democratically elected leader was …

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